Fourth of July Cooking & Crafts

Whether you’re hosting a BBQ block party or keeping things low key, get the whole family involved in your July 4th party prep. These fun, not to mention helpful, activities will keep everyone busy and entertained until it’s time to watch the fireworks.

Set the table

A patriotic tablescape is just an art project away. Use thick sheets of white or beige construction paper, and have kids stamp them up using different shaped sponges dipped in red or blue paint. Leave a window of plenty of time for them to dry.

Have paint leftover? Grab a few plastic forks and have kids create their own firework display.

Get cooking

Have your little sous chefs decorate a cake to look like an American flag using fresh (and healthy!) strawberries and blueberries. Angel food cake is a classic summer dessert that’s both delicious and easy to make. Creative cooks will love recreating one of these flag-inspired treats.

Strike up some fun

Does anything scream “summer” louder than beach ball bowling? Nope. This DIY game can be made with household items like a yoga mat, pool noodles and empty Coke bottles. A guaranteed good time for all!

Repurpose these ideas for any occasion all summer long! Switch up the sponges, paints and fruit to make creative and colorful versions of each craft. Planning on hitting the pool? Don’t forget our essential swimming safety tips.

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